Short Story Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Groups

Taking a Page from the Past

I've always loved reading about the writers of the past, especially the relationships they had. It seemed that gender and age was of little importance in these bonds. And often times, Gertrude Stein's salon played a major role in introductions. When Stein met Thornton Wilder, she had just returned to America after living in Paris… Continue reading Taking a Page from the Past

The Writing Life, Writing Groups

Flash Fiction: Take Cover

Take Cover is a 250 word story I just wrote for an upcoming writer's group challenge. The only stipulations were to use the word storm and to write no more than 250 words. This is what I came up with. Aaron rounded the corner and saw the woman huddled against the tavern door. Like yesterday, he… Continue reading Flash Fiction: Take Cover

Character Development, Protagonists, Protagonists, Scene Writing, The Writing Life, Writing Groups

The Right Side of Things

Just an update on all things in my world of words... What I'm reading: I continue to alternate going down the list of Pulitzer Prize winners and something from my Goodreads list. I just finished The Keepers of the House, which won in 1965. Currently I'm reading Someone, by Alice McDermott. What I'm Writing: In regards… Continue reading The Right Side of Things

Character Development, The Writing Life, Writing Groups, Writing Prompts

Anthologies Away…

So I've talked my critique group into helping me to create and produce an anthology of sorts. I've always thought about submitting stories to anthologies, but I got the idea that it would be a great project for the group - allowing us some relief from our main projects, and for a few of the… Continue reading Anthologies Away…

Oldsters, The Writing Life, Uncategorized, Writing Groups

Shout out to Critique Groups…

Happy New Year! I can seriously imagine the thousands of people writing their first blog of the year; or maybe even more starting a brand new blog...whether it's to engage current and attract new followers, or simply because like me, they cannot not write. As I sat writing in my journal this morning, of course… Continue reading Shout out to Critique Groups…

Writing Prompts

Settled in…flash fiction prompt

Boo! I have finally moved and gotten settled in to my new location on Florida's beautiful east coast. Although I haven't had time to venture out too much, the main difference I've found between here and my west coast home of St. Petersburg is the small-town pace that I find a beautiful turn of events!… Continue reading Settled in…flash fiction prompt

Book Reviews & Discussions, The Vault, Writing Groups, Writing Resources

The Vault #3: Writing Practices…they really do work!

After much internal debate regarding writing practices and the distraction I believed they would be from writing my novel, I've changed my mind. And the book that helped me decide is Judy Reeves' A Writer's Book of Days. After a friend in my writing group recommended it and I leafed through his copy, I went home… Continue reading The Vault #3: Writing Practices…they really do work!